This course will focus on common findings from chest imaging reports and lab tests, and decipher some of the language within those reports to enable the SLP in the medical setting to more expertly integrate that information into patient management. Important aspects of the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia will be discussed, as well as pharmacological side effects impacting swallowing function. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
This course was included in the material of a previously offered Online Course – #e108: Charleston Swallowing Conference Home Study: Evidence-Based Dysphagia Management.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Financial — James Coyle is a presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.
Nonfinancial — James Coyle has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"Going over what the different terms mean on a chest x ray and how to determine if it is aspiration pneumonia was most beneficial. I liked the way in which I can now look at a chest x ray report and have a better understanding of it." – K.G. (Apr. 2020)
"LOVED explanations of various terms used in CXR imaging with pictures. VERY helpful to assist with understanding what may be dysphagia-related aspiration. Very easy to follow and understand. Excellent organization. Great for those with little knowledge of understanding CXRs/CT imaging." – K.C. (Mar. 2020)
"Analyzing chest x-rays and CT of lungs was most helpful. I liked the clear concise information and application to evaluation and treatment of patients. The course was wonderful." – J.C. (Feb. 2020)
"Dr. Coyle is so knowledgeable and respected - I would take any course from him. Clear, concise, great visuals. I especially enjoyed the specific definitions of chest xray results and terminology." – M.M. (Jan. 2020)
"I really appreciated learning the distinct differences and diagnostic implications between pleural effusions, atelectasis, pneumothorax, and pulmonary edema. This is something that I was never formally taught in graduate school, but I encounter this information frequently in my clinical work, as an acute care hospital clinician. I found it really helpful also to learn more about blood work, blood gases, oxygen saturation, etc. Overall, all of the information was very helpful to me and will help me to better understand and interpret information I read in imaging reports and the medical record." – J.B. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the review of terms frequently seen in radiology reports, as we read their interpretations to help piece the clinical puzzle together. I expected a bit more with regards to lab values, though." – J.S. (Nov. 2019)
"Excellent speaking and breaking down of information for ease of retention/comprehension. Going over the differentiation of Radiologist terminology was most beneficial." – L.P. (Oct. 2019)
"I appreciated all of the information presented - especially the definition of pleural effusion vs atelectasis and the location of infiltrate typically associated with aspiration." – L.W. (Oct. 2019)
"Clear, concise, easy to follow organization. I liked the examples of how chest x-rays are read; discussion of dysphagia without a dysphagia diagnosis." – K.C. (Sept. 2019)
"I enjoyed both the review of the neuro-synap and education on lung sections and how an AP by itself may not be enough and I may need to requesting lateral view with AP views for definitive dx of aspiration pneumonia." – R.H. (Aug. 2019)
"This course covered a lot of pulmonary and lab info that were not covered in my grad school course in dysphagia, and I work in acute care, so Dr. Coyle's information is immediately practical to my dysphagia evaluation conclusions at work. Dr. Coyle presented the information clearly and used good diagrams to explain the topics to visual learners." – S.M. (July 2019)
"Gaining a better understanding of chest imaging and pulmonary conditions was very helpful. Excellent speaker." – C.T. (June 2019)
"All of the info in this course will be beneficial to me in my practice. I liked the applicability to my current setting." – V.O. (June 2019)
"It was concise, appropriate for a professional level and targeted areas specific to providing the best pt care and diagnostics." – C.N. (May 2019)
"I liked the rate of presentation; xrays and explanations; explanations of medical test results - implications. Differentiating between aspiration pneumonia from pneumonia and reading the xrays were the most beneficial discussions." – E.H. (Apr. 2019)
"The material was presented in a very clear and concise manner. I have 16 years of experience as a medical SLP and this course still presented information I did not know." – K.O. (Apr. 2019)
"The discussion on Pneumonitis vs PNA was most helpful. Good visuals and knowledge of Dr. Coyle about the topic." – M.J. (Mar. 2019)
"I enjoyed the explanation of CXR's and the terminology used in CXR's. The speaker talked slowly, precisely, and handouts were very beneficial." – K.H. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on dysphagia related pneumonia vs pneumonia related dysphagia and the influence of PPI's. I liked the general medical overview of pulmonary functioning." – D.D. (Jan. 2019)
"I felt there was good information, but I thought it would be summarized at the end with a bigger picture view. I also thought the medications piece was a hodgepodge of very specific information about medications." – L.F. (Dec. 2018)
"The content was relevant, easy to understand and supported by images/visual aids. I especially enjoyed the definitions of respiratory conditions, anatomy, CXR findings and explanation of common terms, common lab values important to hospital SLP's, mode of neurotransmission in medications and influence on swallowing. The topics were adequately covered for an online short CEU course." – G.O. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked the thorough explanation of terminology and what type of patient that may apply to as well as what that looks like on a chest x-ray." – H.S. (Oct. 2018)
"This clarified so many misconceptions I have encountered when working with patients with suspected aspiration pneumonia. The course flowed well and the schematics facilitated learning." – J.W. (Sept. 2018)
"The explanations of pleural effusions, pulmonary edema, pneumonitis, pneumonia, pulmonary vascular congestion, pneumothorax, and atelectasis were excellent. I liked how each section was broken up into three different segments so you could go at your own pace." – C.E. (Aug. 2018)
"All topics were very helpful, but this course was very short. I would love to see a longer course or separate course providing more information regarding labs and medications and their effects on patients with dysphagia. Excellent visual aids." – E.W. (July 2018)
"I appreciated each component of the course; it was a complete package! The breakdown of the anatomy and specific terminology on reports were very beneficial." – V.K. (May 2018)
"Identifying terminology used by radiologists to report findings was very helpful. I also really liked how the presentation discussed using multiple factors to connect dots to determine if the cause of pneumonia is related to aspiration pneumonia." – B.O. (May 2018)
"I enjoyed the images and chest x-ray interpretation discussion." – K.S. (Apr. 2018)
"The discussion of different terminology in medical reports was very helpful." – R.M. (Mar. 2018)
"Very practical for my acute care practice. I especially enjoyed the CXr terms/meanings section." – J.Q. (Feb. 2018)
"The information about reading chest x-rays and defining all the terms used was clarifying and helpful. I will better be able to assess a patient based on their medical history to determine if they might have a dysphagia related PNA or a PNA related to dysphagia - I love that distinction." – A.S. (Jan. 2018)
"I appreciated the clear and concise format. The review of the chest X-rays was most beneficial." – A.G. (Dec. 2017)
"I found the discussion/review of imaging on both Chest CT and CXR -- a useful tool in integrating Dx for dysphagia-related aspiration pna and determining a course of action for the acute care SLP to be very helpful." – R.M. (Nov. 2017)
"I rarely get to see the chest x-rays themselves, so the visuals were very helpful for a better understanding of what is typically verbalized in the reports. Again, I found the images super helpful. However, I expected that the relation between medications and PNA to be more elaborately discussed." – S.L. (Sept. 2017)
"I liked the presenter's ability to explain the material in a way that was clinically precise but comprehensible. The explanation of the terminology from chest x-rays and the process of pneumonitis and pneumonia was most beneficial." – J.E. (Aug. 2017)
"Differentiating between different terminology on chest x-ray reports was very useful. I hear these terms often but was unclear which were more aspiration-related. The way the speaker spoke helped me to better understand the material. He was very knowledgeable and explained the information clearly. I expected more information on different labwork values, such as BUN, albumin, and pre-albumin. I now see why they were not covered, however, as this course was more lung conditioned-related." – K.A. (June 2017)
"Excellent information for medical based speech pathologist." – J.R. (June 2017)
"Very clear verbal explanations supplemented with relevant details in visual aids. The information related to chest x-rays was most helpful, but everything was informative and useful for my daily practice." – E.L. (Feb. 2017)
"Dr. Coyle is so easy to listen to. I appreciate the explanation about the ways medications work. I found the review and expansion of x-ray terms, better understanding of pulmonary and blood gas info, and ways medication affect us to be the most helpful discussions." – S.L.M. (Jan. 2017)
"Going over atelectasis vs effusion vs edema vs infiltrates was most beneficial. I like that the course was very clearly and simply explained." – F.J. (Dec. 2016)
"I really appreciate the evidence to give to NSG staff to back myself up with just because a patient has PNA does not mean they have dysphagia. I fight this battle all the time at work." – S.H. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the detailed explanation of radiographic transcription very helpful. I do not have access to imaging of chest films and knowing the differences between terms noted in reports will be very helpful to utilize in my decision-making. I enjoyed looking at imaging of different x-rays to determine how they are typically interpreted and what they may indicate." – A.T. (Oct. 2016)
"Yes, very practical course. Well-presented, relevant and information and visuals were clear. Excellent course with excellent content." – N.D. (Oct. 2016)
"This was a great course; I will definitely recommend it to therapists who are in various settings who might use a boost of info about 'pneumonia' and dysphagia." – N.S. (Sept. 2016)
"The explanation of chest x-ray findings was very interesting and applicable. Wish they had taught this in graduate school!" – D.M. (Aug. 2016)
"The review of WBC/neutrophil relationship was really useful." – J.S. (Aug. 2016)
"The differential dx of community-acquired PNA vs PNA resulting from dysphagia was most beneficial." – T.M. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the review of different findings on chest x-rays. I like that the material was presented in a logical manner, although I expected more on medications." – R.L. (July 2016)
"I really liked the discussion of x-ray findings and meanings, and how the AP and lateral views complement each other due to the overlapping lobes of the lungs." – S.C.R. (July 2016)
"Enjoyed some gained clarity on the chicken-egg question re dysphagia and pneumonia, the info on pleural effusion, and seeing the CXR examples. Easy to listen to; clear information; professional and simple presentation." – M.R. (June 2016)
"The entire course was excellent. I especially like the way Dr. Coyle presents which is thorough and clear. I enjoy listening to him on any topic on which he presents and always find the information very useful to my practice in the SNF setting." – S.L. (June 2016)
"Learning about the bloodwork/lab values and their meaning was most helpful. Knowing what to look for on a chest x-ray and CT scans is extremely beneficial. I appreciate the clear presentation and simple diagrams." – E.H. (May 2016)
"I liked the in-depth explanation of chest imaging and what to look for when reviewing the results of chest imaging and lab values. I was expecting a little more discussion regarding medications." – K.S. (May 2016)
"I really appreciated the specific definitions of various pulmonary diagnoses and verbiage, and how it does/does not relate to dysphagia." – M.B. (Apr. 2016)
"I read CXR reports everyday and I love getting clarification on terms. I like that I can relate this course to what I do everyday." – L.F. (Apr. 2016)
"All the information was great. I especially liked the information on terminology in regards to chest x-rays." – M.B. (Mar. 2016)
"I really appreciated the explanations of pulmonary terms used by radiologists." – A.M. (Mar. 2016)
"Easy to follow. Liked the three segments - especially the coverage of chest x-rays and blood tests." – M.C.A. (Feb. 2016)
"The discussions on chest X-ray, vocabulary, & lab values were greatly appreciated. I liked that the course was clear & concise." – K.J. (Feb. 2016)
"The definitions of pulmonary terms and lab values were most helpful. I like that the course covered all areas about which I have encountered questions." – L.H. (Feb. 2016)
"VERY comprehensive, covering all foundational concepts and info. Much of this information was unfamiliar to me, so it was very helpful in understanding the course content." – N.M. (Jan. 2016)
"I appreciated the step by step interpretation of chest x-rays. I liked that the course was short, to the point and helpful in daily practice." – C.R. (Jan. 2016)
"I liked the explanations of the radio graphic images and the comparisons of normal vs not so good images." – T.L. (Jan. 2016)
"I liked the illustrations and descriptions. However, I expected more lab values that may indicate infections/dysphagia related PNA." – A.A. (Jan. 2016)